KZN SACP's Themba Mthembu sworn in as agriculture MEC

2016-06-08 15:43
Themba Mthembu (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Themba Mthembu (Amanda Khoza, News24)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Durban – KwaZulu-Natal SACP provincial secretary, Themba Mthembu, was sworn in as agriculture and rural development MEC on Wednesday, the premier said.

“He will champion an agrarian revolution that will ensure that agriculture becomes a catalyst for socio-economic development,” Willies Mchunu said.

Mchunu on Monday announced he had replaced four MECs, and that Mthembu would replace Cyril Xaba in the department of agriculture. 

He appointed MECs Bongi Sithole Moloi (sport, arts and culture), Sihle Zikalala (economic development), and Mthandeni Dlungwana (education).

Mchunu filled the vacant transport portfolio with Mxolisi Kaunda.

It emerged on Tuesday afternoon that the SA Communist Party only learnt about Mthembu's deployment through the media and that Mthembu was informed about it on Monday morning.

He apparently asked for 24 hours to consult with the SACP. Despite this, the ANC made the announcement.

The MECs, except Mthembu, were sworn in on Tuesday. The ANC and the SACP leadership, including national second secretary, Solly Mapaila, subsequently met to discuss Mthembu’s case. They told reporters afterwards that Mthembu would accept the position conditionally.

KwaZulu-Natal Judge President Achmat Jappie swore Mthembu in during an executive council meeting on Wednesday, Mchunu’s spokesperson Ndebezinhle Sibiya said.

Sibiya said Zikalala, the economic development MEC, was appointed leader of government business in the province.

Read more on:    anc  |  willies mchunu  |  pietermaritzburg  |  politics

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.


How to open a beer bottle without an opener

Do the right thing and never be thirsty again…


You won't want to miss...

WATCH: Man films himself going down water slide upside down as things go very wrong…
WATCH: Conor McGregor: Notorious the trailer
Best date night restaurants in South Africa
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds offers fans a free tattoo in new Deadpool 2 teaser
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.